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Sid Hartman

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Sid Hartman is a sports columnist. He also can be heard weekdays on WCCO AM-830 at 6:40, 7:40 and 8:40 a.m.
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Hartman: Plenty to look forward to in Zimmer's third season with Vikings

Hartman: Plenty to look forward to in Zimmer's third season with Vikings

It's easy to see why many observers believe Mike Zimmer was one of the best NFL coaching hires in recent years.

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JOTTINGS• Vikings running back Adrian Peterson on if this year is feeling different from past seasons: "It does, and you know even more than just…
Hartman: Molitor looks to veteran starters to get Twins back on track

Hartman: Molitor looks to veteran starters to get Twins back on track

The Twins manager wants Ervin Santana, Phil Hughes and Ricky Nolasco to lead the way for the 12-win ballclub.
Hartman: Walsh quickly put missed field goal behind him

Hartman: Walsh quickly put missed field goal behind him

The Vikings kicker talked one last time about his costly playoff boot, but says he won't dwell on it.
Hartman: Health, new position coach have Rudolph excited for '16

Hartman: Health, new position coach have Rudolph excited for '16

Kyle Rudolph is not only healthy, but he has a chance to have an even more productive season as the Vikings named former Browns and Eagles head coach Pat Shurmur their new tight ends coach.

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JOTTINGS • Longtime Twins executive Jerry Bell will have a baseball field named after him near his home in North St. Paul to be…
Hartman: Vikings have big decisions coming up for 2017

Hartman: Vikings have big decisions coming up for 2017

After this season 17 Vikings will become unrestricted free agents, plus the team must decide whether Adrian Peterson is worth keeping for $18 million in 2017.
Hartman: Donald Trump, Twins owner? He made an offer

Hartman: Donald Trump, Twins owner? He made an offer

Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee for president, offered $50 million for the franchise — more than the approximately $36 million Carl Pohlad reportedly paid for the team in 1984.
Hartman: Vikings' offseason resolve has impressed Robison

Hartman: Vikings' offseason resolve has impressed Robison

The veteran defensive end sees the team as focused as he can remember.

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JOTTINGS • Pro Football Focus recently released its top 101 players for the 2015 NFL season, and four Vikings made the list. Anthony Barr…
Hartman: Gophers baseball coach Anderson praises hire of Coyle

Hartman: Gophers baseball coach Anderson praises hire of Coyle

The U baseball coach worked with Mark Coyle during his previous stint in the athletic department.

Hartman: Goetz did fabulous job as Gophers' interim AD

The Gophers would have done well keeping her in that role, but Mark Coyle seems an ideal hire.
Hartman: Parise to avoid back surgery, had no say in coach selection

Hartman: Parise to avoid back surgery, had no say in coach selection

The star Wild forward, who missed the playoffs with injury, said coaches can be big factors for NHL teams but players have no influence on who the front office picks.

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JOTTINGS   • With the Vikings exercising their fifth-year options on Xavier Rhodes and Sharrif Floyd for the 2017 season, the following players…
Hartman: Free-agent Boone makes strong impression with Vikings

Hartman: Free-agent Boone makes strong impression with Vikings

So far in the workouts, Alex Boone has done nothing but impress the coaches and his teammates, which is contrary to past free agents who failed to make a good impression in their first year here.
Hartman: Twins need Dozier to keep on hitting

Hartman: Twins need Dozier to keep on hitting

There's no doubt that if the Twins want any shot at climbing back into the AL Central or wild-card race, they're going to need Brian Dozier to continue hitting the way he has the past two weeks.
Hartman: Thibodeau wanted 'a chance to grow' with the Wolves

Hartman: Thibodeau wanted 'a chance to grow' with the Wolves

The only reason the Wolves were able to land a coach of Tom Thibodeau's caliber was because of this particular moment in franchise history, and he said as much.

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JOTTINGS • The Chicago Tribune headline on Wednesday read: “Relaxed and personable, Tom Thibodeau ready for Timberwolves challenge.” The Tribune wrote about the dynamic between Thibodeau…

Hartman: Spielman's draft record with Vikings should be admired

The Vikings have fared well in the draft with Rick Spielman involved in the decisionmaking.
Hartman: Vikings would like to draft top tackle in Round 1

Hartman: Vikings would like to draft top tackle in Round 1

It's hard to predict which offensive tackle the Vikings might take, but they could trade up for one or see if one falls to them at No. 23.
Hartman: After lost season, Vikings' Sullivan eager to return

Hartman: After lost season, Vikings' Sullivan eager to return

The center had two back surgeries over the past eight months, but he believes that while his rehabilitation was difficult, it could be a benefit heading into next season.

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JOTTINGS• Karl-Anthony Towns had fantastic statistics this season, but you could imagine how much better the Timberwolves will be next year if Nikola…
Hartman: Thibodeau helped train future NBA coaches

Hartman: Thibodeau helped train future NBA coaches

Early Wolves rosters contained several players who went on to lead teams in the NBA.
Hartman: Wolves lured Thibodeau with ideal NBA position

Hartman: Wolves lured Thibodeau with ideal NBA position

The successful ex-Bulls coach got his start with the expansion Wolves and likes team's young talent.
Hartman: Molitor thinks Twins can turn it around for good

Hartman: Molitor thinks Twins can turn it around for good

Following Saturday's game, Twins manager Paul Molitor said the team's approach was just what he wanted to see.

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JOTTINGS• Three Gophers football players were reported to be among the 30 or so potential Vikings draft choices trying out at Winter Park this week:…
Hartman: Wolves decision to let Mitchell go is troubling

Hartman: Wolves decision to let Mitchell go is troubling

Glen Taylor is risking being very wrong in separating young Timberwolves players and former coach Sam Mitchell.
Hartman: Ryan says start 'exactly what we weren't anticipating'

Hartman: Ryan says start 'exactly what we weren't anticipating'

While the team has struggled in nearly every area, general manager Terry Ryan steered blame away from the defense and pitching and looked more at the offense.
Hartman: Mauer looks to return to form with Twins

Hartman: Mauer looks to return to form with Twins

Joe Mauer, who turns 33 on April 19, is the second oldest player on the Twins roster, about four months younger than Ervin Santana.

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JOTTINGS • I wrote last month that the University of Minnesota should consider hiring Bob Stein as athletic director. Well, the 68-year-old Minneapolis attorney, who…

Hartman: U of M tuition increase will hurt athletic director search

Making it harder to recruit out-of-state athletes could discourage potential candidates.
Hartman: Park knows how to speak language of baseball

Hartman: Park knows how to speak language of baseball

One of the biggest questions for the Twins is how Korean slugger Byung Ho Park will adjust to the major leagues. But he's not your average rookie.

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JOTTINGS • Glen Taylor reports Timberwolves interim coach Sam Mitchell, General Manager Milt Newton and all the assistants have one-year contracts that expire…
Hartman: Wolves' Lowe says young stars will only get better

Hartman: Wolves' Lowe says young stars will only get better

The assistant hopes Sam Mitchell and staff can continue to help the young players develop.
Hartman: Buxton remains confident his hitting will improve

Hartman: Buxton remains confident his hitting will improve

The Twins' young center fielder started slowly at every level before his bat came around.
Hartman: Vikings find value with free-agent acquisitions

Hartman: Vikings find value with free-agent acquisitions

The team appears to be mostly done shopping, and Rick Spielman is pleased with the players that have landed here.

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JOTTINGS• Vikings trainer Eric Sugarman said center John Sullivan doesn't miss a day of rehabilitation, so he can be ready to play…
Hartman: Patterson still has chance at receiver

Hartman: Patterson still has chance at receiver

Despite Cordarrelle Patterson's poor performance as a receiver, Vikings special teams coach Mike Priefer said recently that there is no chance the team will get rid of him.
Hartman: Best basketball rivalry? Globetrotters vs. Lakers

Hartman: Best basketball rivalry? Globetrotters vs. Lakers

The two teams played seven games between 1948 and '52, and one reason the games were so huge is that the NBA was still a segregated league.
Hartman: Taylor remains optimistic regarding Wolves' outlook

Hartman: Taylor remains optimistic regarding Wolves' outlook

"I'm hopeful we'll have a chance for the championship again, just like we did during those earlier years," Wolves owner Glen Taylor said.

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JOTTINGS • CBS Sports reported last week that with the Vikings signing Andre Smith and Alex Boone, they now have the most expensive offensive line…
Hartman: Bridgewater knew Dieng would succeed with Wolves

Hartman: Bridgewater knew Dieng would succeed with Wolves

Teddy Bridgewater became friends with the Wolves center at Louisville and predicted his NBA rise.
Hartman: Vikings' Sparano out to improve offensive line

Hartman: Vikings' Sparano out to improve offensive line

Veteran NFL coach Tony Sparano, who worked with Mike Zimmer in Dallas, brings a passion for the O-line position.
Hartman: New offensive system will be U's spring focus

Hartman: New offensive system will be U's spring focus

Gophers football coach Tracy Claeys said new offensive coordinator Jay Johnson will try to install the basics of his system during spring drills.

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SID'S JOTTINGS • If you were going to rate the best players who were ever released by the Twins in franchise history, no doubt the…
Hartman: Vikings well served by experienced new assistants

Hartman: Vikings well served by experienced new assistants

Between Pat Shurmur, offensive coordinator Norv Turner and offensive line coach Tony Sparano, the Vikings now have more than 20 years of NFL head coaching experience working under Mike Zimmer.
Hartman: If Goetz doesn't get AD job, U should consider Bob Stein

Hartman: If Goetz doesn't get AD job, U should consider Bob Stein

It's not going to be easy to hire an athletic director who currently has a solid job, considering the issues the university had in hiring a football coach and the previous athletic director.
Hartman: Twins' Mauer remains positive despite 2015 difficulties

Hartman: Twins' Mauer remains positive despite 2015 difficulties

There is no bigger story line in Twins spring training camp than the health and readiness of Joe Mauer.

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SID’s JOTTINGS   • In the Timberwolves’ 104-98 loss to Washington on Wednesday, former DeLaSalle standout Alan Anderson was tremendous, scoring 18 points…
Hartman: Gophers botched chance to utilize Kill's skills

Hartman: Gophers botched chance to utilize Kill's skills

Maybe the athletic department and teams wouldn't generate as many investigations as they have recently if Jerry Kill was on the staff.
Hartman: Wolves' Towns has look of a future superstar

Hartman: Wolves' Towns has look of a future superstar

Karl-Anthony Towns is the most dominant rookie to hit the NBA since Anthony Davis four years ago.

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SID’s JOTTINGS   • TCF Bank Stadium was a big revenue producer for the Gophers athletic department last year. For the second year…
Hartman: Vikings stadium will use superb technology

Hartman: Vikings stadium will use superb technology

Fans can expect cutting-edge scoreboards and wireless Internet from any seat at U.S. Bank Stadium.

Hartman: Celtics coach Stevens highly recommends Goetz for Gophers AD

Brad Stevens worked with Beth Goetz at Butler and thinks she would make a fabulous AD for the Gophers.
Hartman: Mitchell making a case to stay on as Wolves coach

Hartman: Mitchell making a case to stay on as Wolves coach

The Wolves have shown improvement over the past few weeks under Sam Mitchell, going into the All-Star break at 17-37.

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SID’s JOTTINGS   • Rumors are that ex-Vikings owner Red McCombs would like to purchase the Oakland Raiders and then move the team to…
Hartman: Vikings need to re-sign Greenway

Hartman: Vikings need to re-sign Greenway

At 33, the linebacker still performs at a high level and the young defense values his leadership.
Hartman: Goetz the favorite in search for Gophers athletic director

Hartman: Goetz the favorite in search for Gophers athletic director

A search firm will identify more candidates, but interim A.D. Beth Goetz could very well retain the post.
Hartman: It's been a strong run for Vikings rookies under Spielman

Hartman: It's been a strong run for Vikings rookies under Spielman

All of Rick Spielman's 11 first-round picks have gotten to start in some capacity during their rookie seasons.

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SID's JOTTINGS• Sam Mitchell was asked how the Timberwolves on Monday can lose to New Orleans, a team in last place in their division,…
Hartman: Recovering Leidner eager to get back at it for U

Hartman: Recovering Leidner eager to get back at it for U

The Gophers QB hopes to get three weeks of spring practice in following left foot surgery last month.
Hartman: Taylor should keep Wolves staff intact

Hartman: Taylor should keep Wolves staff intact

The Timberwolves' fine young nucleus needs continuity, so owner Glen Taylor should hold onto Sam Mitchell and GM Milt Newton.
Hartman: Super Bowl spectacle had simple beginnings in 1967

Hartman: Super Bowl spectacle had simple beginnings in 1967

With this being Super Bowl 50 and seeing all of the enormous coverage and celebrations surrounding it, it serves as a stark contrast to Super Bowl I, then called the AFL-NFL Championship Game.

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SID's JOTTINGS• Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman talked about Terrell Sinkfield, the 25-year-old receiver from Northern Iowa and Hopkins High School who was…
Hartman: Page says Vikings' Super Bowl trips were worth it

Hartman: Page says Vikings' Super Bowl trips were worth it

The Hall of Famer and retired Minnesota Supreme Court justice says the greatness of those Vikings teams isn't diminished by their four Super Bowl losses.
Hartman: Gophers recruit from Marshall hopes to play football and baseball

Hartman: Gophers recruit from Marshall hopes to play football and baseball

Football and baseball will share Drew Hmielewski, a talented receiver and outfielder from Marshall.
Hartman: Retired Torii Hunter says he's 'a Twin for life'

Hartman: Retired Torii Hunter says he's 'a Twin for life'

When asked if he ever considers retiring a mistake, Hunter brought up former Vikings quarterback Brett Favre.

Hartman: TwinsFest mood turns more upbeat

Optimism reigns after the team made great strides last year and young stars emerged.

Hartman: Moving from place to place taught Gophers QB Green plenty

Once almost a Duck, the former East Ridge star headed for the U learned a lot playing in Texas.
Hartman: Cardinals' Moore on cusp of another Super Bowl

Hartman: Cardinals' Moore on cusp of another Super Bowl

Minnesotan Tom Moore has a chance to earn a trip to his fourth Super Bowl on Sunday, when his Arizona Cardinals squad visits the Carolina Panthers in the NFC Championship.

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SID’s JOTTINGS   • With the announcement that Rod Carew is going to be at TwinsFest, Twins President Dave St. Peter gave an update on…
Hartman: Ryder Cup at Hazeltine will be viewed worldwide

Hartman: Ryder Cup at Hazeltine will be viewed worldwide

The golf event this fall at Hazeltine National will draw viewers in Super Bowl-like numbers.
Hartman: Claeys believes in Gophers' football recruiting class

Hartman: Claeys believes in Gophers' football recruiting class

Despite staff changes and a few lost recruits, the football coach is pleased with the incoming talent.
Hartman: Q&A with Mike Zimmer: 'Our guys competed ... pretty darn hard'

Hartman: Q&A with Mike Zimmer: 'Our guys competed ... pretty darn hard'

While the season ended with one of their most difficult playoff losses coach Mike Zimmer believes that the Vikings are only going to improve going forward.

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SID’s JOTTINGS   • The presence of Louisville men’s basketball coach Rick Pitino might have had something to do with the competitive game…
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